California Orders Residents to Wear Masks in ‘Most Settings Outside the Home’

California on Thursday ordered residents to wear masks in “most settings outside the home,” saying the new rule was necessary because too many Californians were neglecting to cover their faces during the coronavirus pandemic.

The mandate is one of the broadest of any U.S. state, requiring Californians to wear masks outdoors and “in any indoor space,” with exceptions made for diners while they are eating or drinking and people engaging in outdoor recreation, as long as they maintain 6 feet of physical distance.

“Science shows that face coverings and masks work,” Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement. “They are critical to keeping those who are around you safe, keeping businesses open and restarting our economy.” 

It was not immediately clear how the statewide rule, which even recommends face coverings for people driving alone in their cars, would be enforced.

“Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered – putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease,” Newsom said.

California, the most populous U.S. state with 40 million residents, was the first state to impose statewide stay-at-home restrictions and mandatory workplace closures, on March 19.

The state has recorded more than 163,000 cases of COVID-19 and 5,281 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; editing by Chris Reese and Jonathan Oatis)


  1. A BS photo op of the supposed precautions taken by CA. Notice that the only people wearing masks are those two in the foreground. Look at everyone behind – no masks. More Liberal/Democrat BS.

          1. That is an unmitigated lie, OBSIDIAN.

            Estimates are that they stop 40% of the POSSIBLE infections, and they are more effective at stopping the already infected from spreading the virus outward bound even if they don’t know that they are sick. There are also different qualities of masks making some way more effective than, say, scarves or the surgical style of masks.

            You do no one any good by spreading your dangerous nonsense.

  2. Ph**k the Nazis ruling California, I would disobey them just on general principle to spite them, The more they decree, the less people should obey. The more credibility you give these jackoffs, the more they interfere with your LIFE

  3. Or it could by possible that their sanitary habits are not up to par…

    I cannot wear a mask, haven’t worn one but twice this entire time. Haven’t had a flu shot in years, either. Either I’m a walking miracle, being protected by a cone of angels, or I’ve learned how to avoid getting the flu/virus. Yes, I have been blessed, but I have also used common sense for years.
    Masking gives a false sense of security, and you are in fact re-breathing your own germs, breeding more of whatever you expel. So if you inhale a germ, you are creating a Petri dish behind that mask.
    When you are outside 6 ft away from others in the fresh air, there is NO REASON to wear a mask. You need to take it off and take deep breaths of fresh air.
    These knuckleheads want to keep CV19 going past the elections and will risk your life to do it. Remember how those cruise ship people died because they were confined. Remember how these elderly are dropping like flies because they are trapped. See how the virus kills?
    Use the brain God gave you. Stay away from each other and keep your hands clean. Don’t cough or slobber on anyone. If you have a cold or fever, stay home. If you are exposed to someone who is sick, self monitor your symptoms and quarantine. Clean your counters, wash your hands, change your clothes when you get home. If you can’t worship together in church, stay home from the demonstrations; angry crowds exchange a lot more body fluids than hugging someone. Be responsible for yourselves and considerate of others.

    1. While washing my hands yesterday at the fitness center, I saw several people leave toilet stalls and bypass the sinks and go directly out into the workout are. Disgusting.

    2. “Masking gives a false sense of security, and you are in fact re-breathing your own germs, breeding more of whatever you expel.” Birdy

      You are an idiot. Plain and simple.

  4. Japan used a containment model of dealing with the 3 Cs – close, closed and crowded. Scientists also add another C – continuous.

    Stay out of those areas and conditions.

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